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  • chair: Petri Vuorimaa
  • secretary: Anni Rytkönen
  • Core members: Steering group members - opportunity to rotate members annually!

Task force page in the CS dept Task force wiki: Educational technology roadmap

Meeting 12.1.2021

Goals

  • increase awareness on the educational technology roadmap and it's goals
  • give teachers the opportunity and get teachers involved in setting goals, participating pilots, testing and giving feedback
  • give opportunity to join the Steering group

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Discussed topics and ideas

  • new A+ teachers
    • wishes for getting support for evaluating whether A+ would suit their the teacher's courses → individual online meetings to can be organized based on needs - please contact aplusguru@cs.aalto.fi !
    • wishes for workshops on topics suggested by teachers, e.g. for small course needs need → this could cover a range of tools, not just A+
    • observations on needs to improve the documentation so that teachers know how to develop instructions for a) new teachers to support in taking A+ to use (short basics) and b) for experienced A+ teachers (for developing their A+ courses and new exercises. The current documentation is said to be unclear, badly organized, lacking a tutorial for newcomers, and fragmented to multiple locations and sites). All the instructions should be available via one starting point.
  • information on planned A+ development on releases for teachers → A+ vision, milestones and next release contents to be discussed regularly with teachers. These Task force meetings are expected to support in this need
  • also external tools (commercial or OS) available; what alternatives are there for CS needs? → 1) need to increase awareness on these (indicate their existence), and   via email notifications, online instructions and  presentations/e.g. webinars, some testing alternatives can be organized2) participants for testing and piloting are needed
  • what are the pedagogical needs ? at the CS department → teacher interviews there are other needs besides automatic grading too. Manual grading tools, collaboration tools for student projects, peer grading/reviews?to be implemented to listen to needs
  • how do teachers get new tools in use for their teaching?
  • Steering group:
    • how to rotate the steering group members?
    • "monthly hour" for the SG
    • CS news entry on decisions & plans!
  • Next TF: in MAY: 18.5. at 9.30-10.30